Zam­bian op­po­si­tion slams food short­age

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der­stood it had been a “very re­luc­tant de­ci­sion” for KPMG. A KPMG spokesman de­clined to com­ment.

Bar­clays Africa, which runs South Africa’s big­gest re­tail bank, Absa, also con­firmed it no longer had a re­la­tion­ship with Oak­bay, which is val­ued at 16 bil­lion rand (763 mil­lion pounds) on the Jo­han­nes­burg stock mar­ket.

In an an­nual re­port from last Au­gust Oak­bay listed Absa as its bank. An Absa spokesman de­clined to com­ment any fur­ther.

The three Gupta brothers moved to South Africa from In­dia at the end of apartheid in the early 1990s and went on to build a busi­ness em­pire that stretches from tech­nol­ogy to the me­dia to min­ing.

They have also forged a close per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with Zuma, whose son, Duduzane, sits on the board of at least six Gupta-owned com­pa­nies, ac­cord­ing to com­pany reg­is­tra­tion papers.

Par­lia­ment will on Tues­day de­bate a mo­tion to im­peach Zuma af­ter a top court ruled the presi- dent had vi­o­lated the con­sti­tu­tion by ig­nor­ing or­ders from the pub­lic pro­tec­tor that he re­pay some of the $16 mil­lion in state funds spent to ren­o­vate his pri­vate res­i­dence at Nkandla.

Zuma says he never know­ingly or de­lib­er­ately set out to vi­o­late the con­sti­tu­tion.

The Africa Na­tional Congress ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment will al­most cer­tainly give Zuma po­lit­i­cal cover against the at­tempt to im­peach him. But the ju­di­cial re­buke may em­bolden anti-zuma fac­tions within the rul­ing party to mount a chal­lenge. — Reuters LUSAKA — The Zam­bian op­po­si­tion says short­ages of ba­sic com­modi­ties in the south­ern African coun­try are a sign that the rul­ing Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) party has failed the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the Post, Cop­per­belt Prov­ince Min­is­ter Mwenya Musenge at­trib­uted the crisis to greedy busi­ness­men, who he said were us­ing the short­age of mealie meal to ex­ploit and make abovenor­mal prof­its.

Musenge said it was gov­ern­ment’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to im­ple­ment ef­forts to stop the is­sue of smug­gling mealie meal out of Zam­bia.

Re­ports of maize be­ing smug­gled into Bu­rundi and other neigh­bour­ing coun­tries were re­vealed af­ter po­lice of­fi­cers in Kasama im­pounded two trucks trans­port­ing the com­mod­ity.

The au­thor­i­ties had im­posed an ex­port ban on mealie meal in light of the El Nino in­duced drought, say­ing Zam­bia would ex­pe­ri­ence its third low­est maize out­put for 2015/2016.

Apart from the short­age of mealie meal, Zam­bians were also strug­gling to ac­cess com­modi­ties such as sugar, cook­ing oil, soaps and salt.

— News24

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